Post # 1
I am on day 2 of the photog hunt. A lot of them seem like car salesmen to me. They talk a lot about “return on my investment” and throw around a ton of terms that I don’t understand. Honestly, I don’t know if the prices I’m getting quoted are reasonable or if I am getting scammed. I’m just sick of the smooth talking sales pitches
Post # 3
You only have what you have to work with, so dont let them try to sweet talk you. Their work should speak for itself. Save yourself the time and energy; either get references from friends/family that are known to be affordable or start emailing more before an initial meet.
I met with a photog who’s basic package was $8K, both Fiance and I felt terrible for having wasted his time. If he had made his costs clear, considering what we told him ‘budget’. I would have never agreed to meet knowing it was way out of our budget.
Try to have fun with it!
Post # 4
@jackndiane: try yelping..or making a post on FB..is your wedding in GA? I live in GA too, and I know some people you could price..
Post # 5
The rates vary based on city/location. In Atlanta expect anywhere from 2k and up for an experienced professional. Possibly 1500-2k for a skilled newbie.
Post # 6
We used wpja.com to find our photographer.
Post # 7
It took me 5 months to find my girl! I am such a researcher at heart so you should have seen my spreadsheet of photographers. I found mine on a bride blog for my state. Other runner ups I found just be searching classifieds. Some I found through “LIKE” links on other photographers Facebook pages. I searched high and low!
After getting an idea for what you get for your money after 5 months of research, I was able to realize when something was a deal or not. I wanted high quality for affordability.
I never met up with anyone, just did everything by email only. That way you can rule out the ones that are simply too much. The ones that required I call them first, I just assumed they were pricy.